Southport: The comfort food stop
Butter burgers, corn bread and more off the Brown Line.
We find this little niche of the Southport Corridor between Lakeview and Roscoe Village pretty cozy, and the local fare reflects it. Southport Lanes & Billiards (3325 N Southport Ave, 773-472-6600) is a pitch-perfect Midwestern tavern, its handful of built-in bowling lanes watched over by a Schlitz mural. A butter burger and an order of cheese curds takes you straight north to Wisconsin, where full-fat dairy is king. Newcomer Crosby’s Kitchen (3455 N Southport Ave, 773-883-2525), decked out with cheery white subway tile and cushy booths, reads like a dieter’s nightmare—deviled eggs, Parmesan-cream spinach dip—but there’s something about corn bread with warm maple butter that calls our name on a cold winter’s night. Newport Bar & Grill (1344 W Newport Ave, 773-325-9111) is a fairly typical sports bar, but with way better beer (microbrews from the Midwest to the South), as well as beer-battered macaroni and cheese wedges. Sold.